This is Jessi, my step daughter, along with my wife. Some years ago, Jessi was involved in an accident that left her paralized from the neck down. I often ponder her daily life, how she tolerates her situation. Without the use of her arms, if her nose itches, someone has to scratch it for her, as well as anything she needs has to be performed by a family member or her nurses that are with her twice daily for 8 hours. Jessi's attitude is great given her situation. She's energetic, loves conversation, and people. She's not just beautiful in appearance, but inwardly as well.
How would you do in the same situation? Would you be able to tolerate eveyday life? I do not know if I could live with the thought that someone has to do for me continually. As I have watched what she deals with, I am so grateful. Not grateful for just that fact I'm not quadriplegic, but I'm grateful that she maintains a wonderful outlook, having ambitions and goals. I'm grateful for those family members, friends, and her caring nurses that tend after her. She gets frustrated, she gets angry when things don't go her way, she is still human. She can cop and attitude, wouldn't you?
Here's my thought. Saying I'm grateful, and showing gratitude are two different things all together. The difference is saying or showing. Many times the alcoholic or addict say their getting clean and sober, they're finished with doping and drinking. The person hooked on porn, the addicted gambler, the perpetual liar, the overeater, etc. all have the same story, "I'll never do it again!" Then they do it again. Nobody believes your words, just your action. Gratitude is what people express in action for what God has brought them out of, and showing others the way out.
Jessi's life was interrupted by an accident, she has turned her interruption into a gift, but she don't know it. Her showing, or living a good attitude is a gift to others in gratitude. I believe her attitude will eventually take her to a new expression of her life, giving her the ability to help others with like injuries. God uses all of us to His glory and our joy. God takes ordinary, broken people, and does extraordinary things.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.